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Feeling Boxed In By CrossFit? Ready To Take Your Knowledge To Your Own Garage Gym Instead?

If the answer is “yes”, then you’re not alone! While CrossFit gyms exploded in the years 2011 through 2015, the once massively popular, cult-like, gritty exercise regimen has slowed down in popularity and appears to be in a consolidation phase, likely due to a confluence of events.

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What Makes A Great Garage Gym?


When you’re building a DIY garage gym, you don’t need a ton of equipment or bulky machines. With a little organization and forethought, you’ll have everything you need to do the day's workout with our garage gym checklist and enough space to park a Ford Explorer, too.

Here’s a list of garage gym essentials that allow you to do any workout sequence without needlessly junking up your garage:

  • Barbell
  • Kettlebells (at different weights, depending on your needs)
  • Weight Plates in 5, 10, 25, 35, & 45 lbs.
  • Parallettes
  • Olympic rings
  • Plyometric Box
  • Wall Ball
  • Slam Ball
  • Concept 2 Rower
  • Jump Rope
  • Climbing Rope
  • Yoga Mat

Got your garage gym essentials? Great—now all you need is the right setup. The rower and barbell may seem like a challenge, but remember: both of them can be stored vertically. Whether you choose hooks, shelves, or simply leaning them against the back wall, the amount of space they take up is negligible.

Next, you’ll want storage for balls, ropes, and mats to keep them within reach but neatly organized. This is when you can get sly and just turn your plyo box over to make it a convenient equipment bin.

Your kettlebells and weight plates are too heavy duty for a regular storage container, so you’ll want a rack. Rolling racks are great if you just want to stack and go, but make sure there are brakes on the wheels so the entire unit isn’t rolling around your garage (or into you).